The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club serves all communities in Santa Cruz County, California and neighboring areas. Our emphasis is telescope observing, family participation, and public enjoyment of the wonders of the starry night. Check the events or calendar for our schedule...
We meet on the Second Thursday of every month at 7:00pm, at the Harvey West Park Club House, and hold several star parties per month. We are currently looking for a new regular observing site, and trying out various others
Various of our club members volunteer to provide a viewing experience to the public. We may randomly do sidewalk astronomy around the area, as well as occasional school and camp groups.
If you're thinking of coming to one of our viewing events, its always a good idea to check the club's email list for last minute updates.
March 8 Meeting
Our speaker this Thursday, March 8, at 7 PM is Professor Raja Guha Thakuta from UCSC Astronomy Department. His interests focus on the formation and evolution of galaxies – specifically, their accretion/cannibalism history, dark matter content, chemical enrichment, and star formation history. His topic is one of great current interest, "Galaxies, Gravitational Waves, and Black Holes." He has provided a summary of the presentation: Large galaxies like our Milky Way serve as chemical recycling sites for the production/retention of the elements in the periodic table that are key components of the complex molecules that are in turn important building blocks of life on Earth. In addition to chemical evolution, mergers of galaxies and the supermassive black holes at their centers remain subjects of active research today. The mergers of black holes and neutron stars and the detection of the resulting gravitational waves (and light, in the case of a neutron star merger) have generated much interest of late. Other intriguing phenomena associated with General Relativity are Hawking radiation from black holes and gravitational lensing. Time permitting, I will discuss all of these topics and look forward to a vigorous Q&A session.
We are fortunate to have Professor Guha Thankuta. An overview of his research can be found at http://www.ucolick.org/~raja/
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